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Leechburg hosts Pink Day for breast cancer awareness, fundraiser

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College students volunteering during a past Leechburg Pink Day.
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A variety of pink items, from food to drinks and gifts, are offered on Leechburg’s Pink Day.

Leechburg continues breast cancer awareness with Pink Day 2018, a celebration and fundraiser on Sept. 15.

“Our initial intent with Pink Day was to raise money for breast cancer and expose people to the charming and quaint town of Leechburg and attendance has just skyrocketed each year,” says organizer and founder Sherry Price.

Market Street will be shut down to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., allowing attendees to enjoy a day of food, live entertainment, shopping and community fellowship.

The event raised more than $15,000 last year, an increase of more than $2,000 from the previous year, says Price. All proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Food, lots of food

The popular food court — located in the parking lot adjacent to Fox’s Pizza Den on Market Street — was a hit last year, says Price.

More than 20 food vendors and 70 non-food vendors are scheduled to participate, making this year’s Pink Day the largest.

“Vendors were selling out of food last year early, so this year they are ready,” Price says. “We have thousands attend Pink Day from all over the Pittsburgh region.”

Claudette’s Kitchen sold out of their BBQ ribs and chicken dinners last year by 1 p.m. “We were a new restaurant in Leechburg last year so we wanted to participate,” says Claudette’s owner Antwon Knuckles. “We sold more than 200 dinners. Last year was amazing for us.”

Food court vendors include The Girls Lunchbox, Mike Costanza (BBQ chicken dinners), Claudette’s Kitchen, High Street Grill (specialty tacos), Vandergrift VFC #2 (funnel cakes) and Roll’d Cold (specialty rolled ice cream).

Foamy fun

The opportunity to frolic in foam is new this year.

Radioactive Events Center, Inc. will spray parts of Market Street with hypoallergenic foam bubbles at 3:30 p.m. “It will be bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. This will be a blast for kids — young and old. Bring your towels, you will get wet,” Price adds.

Other events and entertainment will include psychic readings by Bella at CoCo Coffeehouse until 3:30 p.m., an Instagram photo tent, Popcorn the Clown balloons, an art show hosted by the Leechburg Area Art Club students, a Kid’s Zone at Kiski Valley Community Church and $40 tattoos at Iron Element.

A fundraising tent near the main stage wll house 50/50 raffles and a huge Chinese auction.

The Gilpin Police Department will sponsor a dunk tank with a fundraising goal of $2,000, manned by officers taking turns getting soaked for charity.

“Every penny they raise will be donated to Pink Day. They reached out and offered to do this and I thought that was so touching,” Price says.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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